Thanksgiving Day 2016- Here Come the Calories!

By Eric G Braun, Senior Writer, USRW

Good news for consumers, and bad news for turkeys--the decrease in the cost of that tasty bird has brought down the cost of Thanksgiving in 2016 compared to 2015. Don’t start looking through travel brochures just yet though, the cost is only down 24 cents a person.

The price index for that butterball or his friends is down 1.3 percent from 2015. The U.S. Department of Agriculture said supply exceeds demand, lowering the price.  Naturally, since you saved a bit on the most expensive item, there must be a flip- side. The cost of rolls, bread, pies, and fresh cranberries has gone up. (don’t forget the cranberries!)

Per the folks at Eating, Thanksgiving became an official holiday in 1863, declared as such by none other than President Abraham Lincoln. Honest Abe started the tradition, denoting the fourth Thursday as the official day, until President Roosevelt moved the date in 1939 to the third Thursday, but that only lasted for two years before it was changed back to Lincoln’s way.

Since we all know that you’re starting that diet and going back to the gym “after the holidays”, you can dig in on that overflowing bowl of mashed potatoes with the butter lake in the center.  Oh, and let’s not forget the marshmallow carrots and broccoli cheese casserole.  All that deliciousness does not come without a price—it’s estimated that the average person consumes 3,000 to 5,000 calories on T-Day, that’s about 2-3 days’ worth of normal eating.

For those who do the Italian Thanksgiving, I won’t even try to add up your calories-- why ruin a good time, right?

If you want to “try” to knock off a few calories and tell yourself you are being good, you can forgo the slice of pecan pie, that little gem will cost you 503 calories, without the whipped cream.  Yes, the pecan nuts have some value, but the sugar and flour overpower the benefits.

If I haven’t guilted you into behaving, consider this. To burn off those 2,800 calories, the average sized person would have to run about 29 miles. I’m guessing that the three miles on the treadmill doesn’t look so hard right now.

You can take some consolation that you’re not alone. Americans consume about 736 million pounds of turkey just on Thanksgiving.  If you’re one of those people who sneak a call into the Butterball Turkey Hotline to impress the in-laws, you’re not alone. An estimated 100,000 other people call the hotline between November & December, including your mother-in-law.

I won’t post the numerical data of the rest of the day’s feast, even I have a conscience.  If I haven’t shamed you by now, there’s no point in going on.

All of us at, realize that we have all that delicious food and the trimmings because of drivers like you who get it to us. Mainstream America might forget you, but we won’t, we wish all our Road Warriors and your families a safe and delicious Thanksgiving.

Oh, one last piece of advice. Don’t offer to sit at the kid’s table, they only get one biscuit.

P.S. Spending your holiday driving? Try this great crockpot recipe to enjoy Thanksgiving on the road. - .xhO0PXWAe